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The Journal for Employee Protection
The Journal for Employee Protection
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With fire being a common cause of death and injury worldwide, employers want to make sure workers wear the appropriate flame retardant (FR) garment. But today’s wearer demands have changed, and they not only expect protection, but also comfort and apparel that has a ‘fashionable’ appearance.
On the other hand, employers feeling the
pressure to find fabrics that satisfy these demands, must also focus on meeting
the stringent safety standards that are being put in place globally.
To respond to all the industry needs,
textile manufacturers such as Carrington Textiles have developed a wide range
of multifunctional and multinorm flame retardant fabrics so the wearer can be
protected with fabrics that not only ‘resist’ fire, but also offer added
properties including high visibility, antistatic, waterproof and chemical
A wide range of industries benefit from the use of flame retardant fabrics, from construction, to utilities and all the way to the oil and gas industry. Especially in the Middle East, working in such industries involves being exposed to high temperatures and hot work environments, as well as being at risk of fire, so it’s important that the safety of the workers is uncompromised.
“a wide range of industries benefit from the use of flame retardant fabrics, from construction, to utilities”
Carrington Textiles’ Sales & Marketing Director, Paul Farrell, emphasised the importance of using natural fibres for the region’s climate: “Natural fibres like cotton are ideal for the Middle East because they are breathable, have great moisture absorbency and help control the body temperature of the wearer with their thermoregulating properties. These properties help to reduce heat stress caused by working at high temperatures. For those also working outdoors over prolonged periods, natural fibres resist UV degradation, so you can be sure that the garment will retain its integrity unlike some made from synthetic fibres”.
Another important aspect considered by
customers when purchasing flame retardant fabrics is their launderability. In
general, the expectation is that the product will withstand at least 100 washes
at high temperatures without compromising its flame retardancy, colour fastness
On this topic Paul added: “fabrics like
our Flametuff 250 AS were developed to meet the worldwide industry standard
NFPA 2112, so even after 100 washes, it maintains flame retardancy properties”.
As Europe’s leading supplier of Flame
Retardant finished fabrics for workwear, Carrington Textiles offer a wide range
of inherent and treated FR fabrics with added properties that include water
repellency, antistatic, chemical splash protection, electric arc, high
visibility, waterproof and UV protection.
Carrington Textiles manufactures fabrics
that combine versatile performance with outstanding wearer comfort, appearance
and durability, all produced in one of the most modern bleaching, dyeing,
printing and finishing facilities in the world.
In the Middle East we’ve established
longstanding relationships with the Royal Oman Police and militaries such as
the Bahrain Army. With a warehouse in Sharjah and over 150,000 metres in stock,
Carrington Textiles serves the Kingdom of Bahrain, Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman,
Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
As well as our Flame Retardant range of
fabrics, we produce a wide range of Workwear, Waterproof, Defence and
sustainable products with exceptional performance in the most demanding
Carrington is the largest producer of workwear fabrics in Europe, exporting to more than 75 countries worldwide and producing over 40 million metres of fabric annually. Based in Lancashire, where British textiles began, we have over 125 years’ experience of textile processing and finishing. This is supported by massive investments in one of Europe’s largest fully integrated textile processing and finishing operations. Throughout Europe, and beyond, millions of people go about their tasks in workwear made from our fabrics.
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